Skip to comments.Iraq PM tells Kurds to hand over Sunni leader
Posted on 12/21/2011 6:17:47 PM PST by george76
Iraqi prime minister Nouri al-Maliki has urged Kurdish officials to hand over the country's Sunni vice-president on terrorist charges, in a row that has raised communal tension.
Mr Maliki, a Shiite.
Mr Maliki has also called for the sacking of Sunni deputy prime minister Saleh al-Mutlak, who has decried the Shiite-led national unity government as a "dictatorship".
All this comes just days after US troops completed their withdrawal from the country, leaving behind what US president Barack Obama described as a "sovereign, stable, and self-reliant Iraq".
Mr Maliki ..."We gave Saddam a fair trial, and we will give Hashemi a fair trial too,"
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Maliki will be very sorry if he PO’s the Kurds
This has implosion written all over it.
Shiites. Kurds. Iraqi central government.
Hey Obama, thought you’d have to wait a few months longer didn’t you. Well, congrats a—h—e.
And so it begins...
Blood on your hands Obama.
We’ve been gone for one week and things are already unraveling.
This was always inevitable. We’ve probably saved a few more American lives this way.
American troops in Iraq for a few decades might have worked, but it was never on the cards.
The only to establish the rule of law is to establish the rule of law.
If the man is tried he will either be acquitted or convicted. He has been accused and apparently there is evidence. The arrest and trial is the only to resolve the issue.
The fairness of the trial must not be prejudged. It is perhaps the single most important event in the history of post Saddam Iraq
It is the only way to develop trust in the government.
I’m thinking the Kurds are the best trained and equipped fighters of the bunch. I think they will be able to handle a few heli-gunships this time.
I think, technically, we’re there till 12/31/2011, and it’s already coming apart.
Interesting they didn’t try to arrest him while we were there. Wonder if the Shiites said they were going to do this, and that spurred the early pullout announcement.
Step back a step and think.
The only to develop faith in the government is to have a trial of officials that are widely believed to be involved in criminal acts of terrorism.
There is good reason to believe the trials (there may be more, shias even) could not take place while Americans were there. We would be accused of complicity and taking sides.
The relations there are complex and there are many many old grudges to be negotiated and resolved. The process is underway now thet we are not trying to referee.
Yeah, but it’s like having Al Capone in the PM office, calling for Bugs Moran to be turned over and face trial. Moran may end up at the end of the rope, but the criminal enterprise rolls on, with Capone consolidating more power.
Give it a couple of months and it will be as if nothing has changed in Iraq since Saddam Hussein.
That's probably it.
I agree, and it will be interesting to see it play out.
There’s going to have to be some trust between power bases in Iraq though, and I’m not sure that will materialize.
I hope it does, and my concerns are unfounded.
Iran will do to Iraq what the N. Vietnam did to S. Vietnam. They already have their SHIITE puppets in-place.
The Kurds are the Sikhs of Iraq. They won’t back down from anyone, and they will thoroughly kick glutei maximi.
That didn’t take long.
The charges, leveled a day after the last American troops left Iraq...
Then a Kurdish presidential spokesman ruled out handing Tariq al-Hashemi over to Baghdad, turning up the heat under what has become the worst Iraqi political crisis in years.
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